Swimming Styles by The Unconfident Swimmer

Swimming is a popular form of exercise and recreation. There are a variety of ways to swim, each with its own benefits and challenges. Felixstowe is a fantastic place to test out all these swimming styles, as it has the fantastic Leisure Centre and of course, the sea. My personal favourite style would be freestyle or combination swimming. To be honest, I am a little hesitant when it comes to backstroke as I do not like not being able to see what’s in front of me. However! I am working on it and I have been swimming using backstroke more often. Anyway, here are some styles…

Freestyle is the most popular competitive form of swimming and is used in most swim competitions. Freestyle involves swimming on your chest, using an alternate stroke pattern of the arms and a scissor kick for propulsion. This style of swimming is effective for building endurance and strength.

Backstroke is another competitive swimming style and is characterised by swimming on your back, with your arms alternating over and under the water while your legs perform a flutter kick. Backstroke is considered one of the easier strokes and is great for developing a strong upper body and core.

Breaststroke is one of the oldest swimming styles and is characterised by the frog-like leg action and the synchronous stroke pattern of the arms. Breaststroke is a slower style of swimming, but it is great for developing flexibility and proper body alignment in the water.

Butterfly is the most technically demanding and physically demanding swimming style. This stroke is performed on your chest with an undulating dolphin kick while the arms alternate over and under the water. Butterfly is an excellent way to develop a strong core and upper body.

Dolphin Kick is a powerful swimming style that uses a continuous flutter kick while the arms remain at the side of the body. Dolphin kick can be used to generate fast speeds and is a great way to build cardiovascular endurance and leg strength. It is also becoming increasingly popular among experienced swimmers as a means of interval training.

Combination swimming is a less common, but increasingly popular style of swimming. This style combines elements of different strokes to create a mixture of power and endurance. Combination swimming requires an understanding of each component of the strokes and a great deal of coordination and strength. It is an excellent way to improve overall swimming performance. 

Underwater swimming is another interesting type of swimming. It involves the use of specialised equipment and techniques to stay underwater for extended periods of time. Underwater swimming requires excellent breathing control and strong core muscles, as well as endurance and mental focus. This skill is used by competitive swimmers and free-divers alike. 

Open-water swimming is a style of swimming that is done in rivers, lakes and oceans. Open-water swimming requires a different set of skills than pool swimming, including navigation, dealing with currents, and understanding the environment. This type of swimming is popular among swimmers who want to experience a more natural form of exercise. 

Cross-training is a type of swimming that involves combining different forms of exercise with swimming. Cross-training incorporates elements of strength training, cardiovascular exercise, and core training into each workout. This type of swimming is a great way to add variety and challenge to swimming workouts. 

Underwater breathing techniques are a type of swimming technique that involves specialized breathing exercises to help swimmers improve their breath control, oxygen efficiency, and overall endurance. These exercises are beneficial for improving performance in any type of swimming, from recreational swimming to competitive swimming. 

To sum up, there are many types of swimming techniques and styles, each with its own benefits and challenges. Freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke, butterfly, dolphin kick, combination swimming, open-water swimming, cross-training, and underwater breathing techniques are all examples of swimming styles that can be used to improve swimming performance and overall health.